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Questions and Answers 1929


Note: In 1929, on Sundays, the Mother met a small group of disciples at the home of one of them. After a period of meditation she answered any questions raised by the disciples. Portions of 15 of these weekly talks, which were given in English, were noted down in shorthand by one of the present; the transcript was elaborated by another participant, and finally revised by Sri Aurobindo for publication.

The talks, entitled Conversations of the Mother, were first published for private circulation towards the end of 1931. In 1940 they were made available to the public as the main part of the book Words of the Mother. This was reprinted in 1943, 1946 and 1949. In 1956 the talks were published separately (with a short Foreword by the Mother) as Conversations. This book was reprinted in 1961, 1966, 1971 and 1973. In the CWM edition the talks have been given the name Questions and Answers 1929 (and are volume 3).

  • 7 April 1929: Yoga: for the sake of the Divine - Concentration; Preparations for Yoga: to be conscious - Yoga and humanity - "We have all met in previous lives"
    The Mother commented this text on 18 March 1953
  • 14 April 1929: Dangers of Yoga - Two paths: tapasya and surrender - Impulses, desires and Yoga - Difficulties - Unification around the psychic being - Ambition: undoing of many Yogis - Powers: misuse and right use of - How to recognise the Divine Will - Vital Devotion - Need of strong body and nerves - Inner being: invariable
    The Mother commented parts of this text on 25 March 1953, 1st April 1953, 8 April 1953 and 15 April 1953.
  • (to be continued)

"Questions and Answers 1929", or "Conversations"
CWM volume 3
published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA

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